Today is the 1 year anniversary of me shaving off my beard. It was a big scary leap for me to give up something that had been such an important part of my identity for 12 years and accept that I would have to deal with more dysphoria for awhile as I dealt with the facial hair. But I’m so glad I did.
I’ve now had 5 sessions of laser hair removal on my face and spent over $2,000 in the process but all the pain, time, and money paid off because now I’ve gone a week without shaving and my face is still smooth! I have no more stubble or that dark shadow on my face and the amount of hair I have left to pluck isn’t any more than many cisgender women have to deal with.
In other news, I’ve conquered two of my biggest fears around bathrooms so far. I’ve used a women’s room at a mall (with my spouse), and I’ve had a conversation with a coworker in the women’s room at work. Both things that I never would have felt safe doing with a beard.
This transition has been expensive and I’ve managed to make it this far with the help of my spouse but I still need to raise another $5,000 for my bottom surgery next year. If you are able to contribute I would really appreciate it. https://www.gofundme.com/f/haven-gender-confirmation-treatments
3 thoughts on “1 year without a beard”
You’re looking great! Nice to see someone using just the right amount of makeup.
No makeup here! Most of the reason I wore makeup before was to cover my stubble.
Love the hair colour! And very jealous of your successful facial hair removal.
(I had 8 laser sessions last year, which reduced the shaving I needed to do to once a day. I’ve since had 12 hours of thermolysis and 12 hours of blended electrolysis. Currently waiting for my next block to be allocated. It will be years before I can go a day without shaving and not feel dysphoric about it.)
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